Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
Wet and rainy Sunday afternoon, Dad and daughter painting time, new sliding door panels for laundry room storage
First a pencil sketch, then Sharpie black outlines and then color infill...
MORI - Forest or woods in Japanese
That is a sea otter in the water, catching fish for lunch...
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015
Thanksgiving menu was hand-drawn with colored chalk and crayons on brown wrapping paper and border accents of autumn maple leaves...
Monday, November 23, 2015
Exhibit of my illustrations at UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco, on display until December 31st, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
...a detail view of the gondola transit between Oakland and Alameda...
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Here is a test link to my new blog posting for Gensler 50on...
Monday, October 26, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
...putting down the first steps for developing a banner to celebrate the moments of the meeting of the Gensler Principals in the city of San Francisco in September 2015...
selection of some iconic pieces, the bridges of the bay, the Tonga Room, a cable car, and Bimbos for a start...
Sunday, October 4, 2015
A first time for me. My daughter took her first ballet lesson on a Saturday morning. I tried to watch and capture some of the many scenes...
People call me the painter of dancers, but I really wish to capture movement itself.
Monday, September 28, 2015
My painted view of the lunar eclipse...
A simple diagram to try to show the relationship of the sun, earth and the moon during the eclipse...
Thursday, September 17, 2015
A 5 mile bike ride with the family up the side trail of the Truckee River and back to Rosie's cafe for lunch and some time for a quick sketch paint view from the outdoor deck of the restaurant...
Sunday, September 13, 2015
One of the views from the cabin deck looking out to Lake Tahoe, digital paint view, a combination of lines, filled outlines, color shapes...
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015
Along the northern coast of California, just a bit north from Fort Ross, here you can find Salt Point Park, Gerstle Cove, Stump Beach, wildlife refuge cove, and a set of trails along the rocky coast...
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
We will probably end up drawing the world together on our future journeys around the world...She has an amber eye for detail and a knack for keen observation, and a responsive hand eye connection...
Thursday, August 13, 2015
ink brush and ink pen on sketchbook...a beautiful sandy cove with kelp plants, small caves, fallen trees, and warm sand...part of Salt Point State Park...
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
Sunday, August 2, 2015
A great way to finish breakfast with doodling placemats, challenge to draw an elf, a chameleon and an ostrich...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
The Tamalpais Path
...the steps begin in the redwood-shaded corner of Berkeley's Codornices Park, you cross a wooden bridge over Codornices Creek. As you begin to ascend concrete steps, you pass by another bridge that leads to a residence. You can continue to rise a total of 183 steep steps, through a wildish mini- canyon thick with ivy and blackberry bushes and a wild cherry tree under a canopy of bays, redwoods, and oaks...
Thursday, June 11, 2015
After the rains last year in March of 2014, many of the state residents, farmers, landowners, felt a little more confident about the amount of moisture in the soil and the levels of water in the reservoirs.
But after this recent dry winter, with very few rainstorms, and spotty occasions of Sierra thunderstorms, the state of California is now back in the extreme mode of water conservation.
We need to save water, we must conserve.
Here are my paintings from last year...
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Kicking off the traditionally foggy month of June in San Francisco with a Visual Notes piece about the dialogue and coversation that was noted and illustrated at the SPUR Urban Center. I have captured most of the topics and issues here, and only missed one item and the spelling of Zaatari, the instant refugee city in Syria...
Labels: Allison, architecture, Arieff, artist, capture, criticism, design, diagram, dialogue, douglas wittnebel, Kimmelman, mission street, san francisco, SPUR, Visual notetaking, visualization, Zaatari, Zumthor
Sunday, May 31, 2015
"Interestingly, Koi, when put in a fish bowl, will only grow up to three inches. When this same fish is placed in a large tank, it will grow to about nine inches long. In a pond koi can reach lengths of eighteen inches. Amazingly, when placed in a lake, koi can grow to three feet long. The metaphor is obvious. You are limited by how you see the world."
- Vince Poscente
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The first plumeria plant was introduced into Hawaii in 1860. It was delivered by Wilhelm Hillebrand, a German physician and botanist who lived in Hawaii from 1851 to 1871.
An interesting tidbit, Plumeria flowers are most fragrant at night to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them. The flowers have no nectar, however, and really trick their moth pollinators. The moths pollinate them by transferring pollen from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar.